“ Address: Stellenbosch / Strand Road R44 / 7613 Stellenbosch / South Africa „
On my recent holiday to South Africa our tour company organised two days at Rosenview guest house, near Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. The guest house has a three star rating, and some lovely grounds and an outdoor pool should the weather be obliging (we were there in winter). Really it is more of a guest farm than a guest house as they grow grapes for the neighbouring wine growers on the farm (although they don't make the wine themselves). As it is a little way out of town then you will need your own transport to get here or if you wanted to go out in the evenings. They advertise conference facilities for up to twenty people but we didn't use this aspect.
They have a number of rooms, so of which are in the main building and some which are in an annexe nearby. I had a room in the main building off the dining room, which had TV, air-com (which also supplied heat) a fridge with modestly priced drinks, wall safe and tea and coffee making facilities. The room was clean and decorated in a country lodge style, with old-fashioned dark wood furniture and blankets on the beds instead of duvets. I was pleased to note that there were well-placed, angled reading lights above each bed. The plug sockets were not the most conveniently placed, as we had to plug the hair-dryer in across the room from the dressing table. The bathroom had a large shower, but no bath. Plenty of towels were provided as were a few complimentary toiletries - shower gel, soap and shampoo of a reasonable quality. It was cold when we visited (winter), and the heater didn't really warm the whole room up. The bathroom was always cold and the window was hard to shut. Because of our proximity to the dining room we were disturbed early each morning as they set up the breakfast room
Breakfast involved self-service cereals, fruit salad, yoghurt and porridge plus a cooked breakfast that was made to order with eggs, beans, tomatoes mushrooms and sausages. They also brought out plenty of toast. Tea, coffee and fruit juice were also available. This is served in the communal lounge-dining area. This area has a very homely feel to it, and is comfortable and relaxed. There are a few sofas and a TV at the other end of the room with some books and maps to browse if you wish.
As we were a group booking we ate in on the first night. This option isn't available to most guests; it is something they do for conference and tour groups, for which we paid a small subsidy (ZAR95 for vegetarians, slightly more for meat-eaters). My meal included a starter of asparagus and cheese sauce (there was a prawn dish also), for mains the meat eaters had traditional babootie pie (a minced beef dish), and the veggies had a pasta dish. There was also a variety of side dishes to which you could help yourself to. Dessert was a traditional Malva cake (fruit sponge) with custard. I found the food pleasant enough. It was more than edible but didn't blow me away. The meat eaters did love their babootie pie and it compared favourably with one eaten in a Cape Town restaurant the previous evening.
Overall I found the Rosenview Guest House a pleasant place to stay. The staff members here were very friendly, helpful and welcoming and seemed genuinely pleased to see you and chat. However, had I been travelling independently rather than on a small group tour, I would not have selected this due to its remoteness, I estimate it is about fifteen minutes drive from Stellenbosch. This is in some beautiful countryside however, and if you are here during better weather you could no doubt do some lovely walks.